There was never any doubt who was going to triumph in this match once Barça announced their intentions in the early stages.
Even before Gerard Deulofeu had given the hosts the lead from the penalty spot on 13 minutes, Luis Alberto had already gone close on three occasions including hitting the woodwork.
Barça were simply too good for their opponents who took until the 22nd minute to register their first chance, a free kick that slammed into Lomban’s face and back off of Luis Alberto’s nose, leaving both slightly dazed.
In this form, it’s easy to see why many clubs covet Deulofeu and he was certainly the ‘go to’ person in this game. Despite often switching flanks the crossfield out ball always found its target, the youngster consistently available and aware.
A neatly worked short corner between Alberto and Deulofeu saw the former sting the fingertips of the keeper with a curling long range effort. It wasn’t long afterwards that Barça extended their lead. Rafinha, at his fleet footed best, worked the ball to Lobato who cut inside on his left foot before smashing home. With only 27 minutes on the clock, Barça were looking extremely comfortable and Racing were disorganised at best.
To that end, the visitors brought on former Barça starlet Gai Assulin as a first half sub, the crowd at the Miniestadi rising to acclaim one of their own on 39 minutes. Bouazza was the unlucky player to be withdrawn, a decision that he clearly disagreed with.
With the referee about to blow for half time, Deulofeu stole the show with another golazo. After receiving the ball just outside of the penalty area, his quick ball control gave him the opportunity to take three defenders completely out of the game and he rounded the keeper to slot home Barca’s 3rd with the last kick of the half. It was another beautiful moment for this young player, who is now regularly producing an end product to compliment his wonderful array of skills.
Balliu replaced Grimaldo at the start of the second period and was nearly at fault immediately as Racing moved forward with purpose, a half chance spurned in the first 30 seconds of the half.
Deulofeu carried on where he had left off, tormenting and teasing the opposing defence and the opening period of the second half took on the same pattern as the first. An error by Masip, stranded on the edge of the area, allowed Racing the perfect opportunity to get back in the match but Andrija’s lob was wide of the open goal.
Joan Roman replaced Lobato on 55 and almost scored with a first touch volley after being set up by man of the match Deulofeu. Sergi Roberto should’ve put his name on the score sheet when one on one at the other end but Barça fans didn’t have to wait long for the 4th goal to arrive.
Deulofeu again left defenders flat footed and his pin point cross was met with power and accuracy by Luis Alberto who gave Sostres no chance.
As Barça relaxed, some slack defending from a throw in allowed Kone time and space. His energetic run was rewarded when an intended pass came back to him via Planas and the striker bent a curving low shot beyond Masip to register a consolation for the visitors.
Araujo replaced the tiring Deulofeu on 80 minutes, but made no impact. The rest of the game was played at a leisurely pace with the home side running out worthy winners.
Barça B: Masip, Planas, Lombán, Luis Alberto, Sergi Roberto, Rafinha, Patric, Lobato (Joan Román, 55′), Gus Ledes, Grimaldo (Balliu, 45′), Deulofeu (Araujo, 80′).
Racing: Sostres, Rochela, A. Dorca, Francis, Jairo, Andrija, Óscar Pérez (Gullón, 50′), Bouazza (Gai Assulin, 39′), Jorge Alonso, Goikoetxea, B. Docal.
Barça B: Deulofeu, 12′ (pen) and 45′; Lobato, 29′; Luis Alberto, 65′
Racing: Koné, 68′
This review was written by our Barça B correspondent, Jason Pettigrove. Follow Jason on twitter @jasonpettigrove.
Image: ÀLEX CAPARRÓS – FCB